Sadly 3 of the Bs efforts to make it to the start line were thwarted, it’s a shame they couldn’t join us. So 22 set off in 3 groups led by John Austin (Jam Roly Polys), Dave Cullen (Sticky Toffee Puddings) and yours truly (Spotted Dicks).
The first part of the route took us past Walton and Weybridge stations and then on down to the old Brooklands racetrack where we stopped to admire Concorde at the Brooklands Museum. Then to Byfleet, where we cut through the appropriately named Muddy Lane to emerge out into the countryside of Wisley and Pyrford. Going over the bridge at Pyrford lock we came across a ‘Road Closed Ahead’ sign, but we were able to proceed with the approval of the BT engineers working there and luckily everyone managed to avoid the low hanging and barely visible telegraph wire. At least there were no cars.
An hour in and as we approached Ripley we caught up with the Sticky Toffee Puddings. So, to use up some time and to restore a bit of a gap we stopped to take a photo. I’m not sure what this building is. It looks like the gate house or lodge for a bigger house, but I can’t see anything there on Google Maps.
|The Spotted Dicks|
You may notice a rosemary bush in the right of the photo. Paul informed us that a rosemary bush in the garden is said to represent the dominance of the lady of the household.
We set off again towards Ripley and Ockham, the scenery particularly appealing in the winter sunshine. We were held up for a few minutes in Guileshill Lane waiting for cars to pass. For such a narrow and out of the way lane there seems to be a lot of traffic. We carried on through Downside village and in to Bookham Common where we caught up with the Sticky Toffee Puddings again. This time we endeavoured to maintain a polite distance until we arrived at The Running Horse where Madeleine would join the rest of us for lunch.
|The Running Horse, then...|
The pub arranged for us to all sit together in one area of the pub where we ate and quenched our thirsts very well, enjoying the chance to rest and chat.
|Tea and cake at the Old Moat|